A pickup truck traveling without brakes on Sugar Hill Road resulted in a four-car collision, charges and one injury on Thursday, according to authorities.
At approximately 12:54 p.m. Thursday afternoon, emergency units and law enforcement responded to the intersection of Sugar Hill Road near Pilot Travel Center and the I-40 eastbound on-ramp after receiving reports of a collision involving four cars.
According to Trooper Kirk Hensley of the NC Highway Patrol, a black Ford F-150 pickup truck, driven by 30-year-old Jeffrey Scott Suttle of Marion, was traveling south on Sugar Hill Road and attempted to navigate through traffic without brakes on his vehicle.
“Why they’re driving it (without brakes), we haven’t gotten to that point,” said Hensley on scene. “He’s traveling south and realizes he’s not going to get stopped to all the traffic here, so he tries to thread the needle of the traffic trying to get onto the interstate on the on ramp, and the traffic traveling south stopped.”
As a result, the pickup truck turned left of center to avoid a collision and sideswiped another Ford F-150 and bounced off two other vehicles, bringing traffic between the I-40 westbound ramp and Pilot Travel Center to a halt for close to 30 minutes.
“We have everything backed up on the interstate and everything just stopped, rightfully so,” said Hensley.
According to Emergency Services Director William Kehler, one of the drivers involved – 68-year-old Jewell Noblitt of Marion – was transported to McDowell Hospital under stable condition.
Suttle was charged with reckless driving, driving while license revoked, registration violation and improper equipment, according to Trooper James Deaton.
Marion Fire Department, McDowell EMS and the NC Highway Patrol responded to the call.